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Manchester United: Under 30 XI

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While many Manchester United fans may be lamenting the fact that the Red Devils failed to make enough signings to change the squad, we take a look at the future of United and see if we do really need any more signings.

GK - David de Gea

De Gea is an excellent shot stopper. He has finally got the hang of the English game last season and that may finally be his breakthrough year in being United's only third successful goalkeeper in two decades.

Some analysts would have preferred if De Gea will bulk up a little more, however, that would have taken away his agility and speed - something that he has become famous for due to his unorthdox saves. He is bound for greatness like Iker Casilas.

RB - Rafael Da Silva

Rafael has improved his defensive side of his game ever since the Bayern Munich game.

Chosen to be able to stop Ronaldo but to no avail, so he still has a lot to prove. Nevertheless, his screamer goals last season proved how he could volley balls as well as make superb runs to the finish line.

CB - Phil Jones

He's big, strong and athletic. His only weakness is that he seems to be incredibly injury-prone.

At the top of the game, he could overshadow any player with his brute strength - almost like Rooney.

He is able to play in midfield or at right back however once Vidic and Ferdinand retire, expect him.

CB - Jonny Evans

An understudy of the successful partnership between Vidic and Ferdinand, he has proven time and time again how hard work can bring you far. He may not be talented at the start but his hard work and strength proved vital to United winning games.

LB - Alexander Buttner

A versatile left-sided player who could play at the left midfield position. Has kept improving his game over the last couple of months and that the future looks bright for the young defender.

An unexpected successful signing and that Evra could retire peacefully knowing that the left-back position is guarded by the Dutchman.

RM - Wilfried Zaha

Bound to make his Premier League debut this season. The former Crystal Palace winger will remain at United for the next few years. With Valencia not doing well, he will be the future for United's right wing.

RCM - Tom Cleverley

A product from the academy, he has matured quietly over the last few years. While everyone's praise is on Jack Wilshere (Arsenal young English Midfielder), Tom Cleverly's role as Carrick's partner has been quite successful so far.

He still has to work on his passing range. However, his willingness to run for every ball makes his a great prospect at central midfield.

LCM - Marouane Fellaini

Moyes' latest signing is big, tall and strong. Not to mention his hair may have given him the added height advantage over defenders(just kidding).

His weakness is - if being pitted against someone with brute strength - is he won't be able to do much for the team (as to how Phil Jones guarded him last season). Still has many years in him and whether his partnership with Cleverley will ever work out, remains to be seen.

LM - Ashley Young

Aston Villa's former star man who has not been been able to prove himself at United.

However, with his recent performance, it's evidence that this may finally be Young's year. He's very fast and best of all, he likes to cut in and curl a right footed kick into the top corner. Done it twice against Arsenal. Expect to see more of it in the future.

CF - Shinji Kagawa

With Borussia Dortmund so desperate in wanting to get their star player back, it's a wonder how United refuses to play him more often.

Playing at CF right behind Rooney will be the right position for him to finally show his playmaking skills - making those killer passes when it matters most. Bound for greatness. Just needs more game time.

ST - Wayne Rooney (C)

- Without RvP, Rooney would be United's main target man. His finishing touches are sublime and what's most important is his team play. He loves to distribute the ball and has grown from a hot-tempered teenager, into a cool and calm headed footballer.

His maturing took a lot of red cards but it was all for nothing. Still screams and shouts all the time. Bound to be United's future legend and captain.

There you have it. My top 11 under-30 players currently playing at Manchester United.

I would have preferred Danny Welbeck on the wing in place of Young but given that he cannot cross the ball with much quality, it only makes sense that I have to either put Nani or Young there.

What do you guys think? Would you play Hernandez ahead of Rooney/Kagawa? Leave your comments below.


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